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Movie Review - Point Break 2015
Seen the “remake” of the Point Break movie, the 2015 version and I have to say it was time and money well spent. I have become very critical where movie is concerned lately, maybe because I have seen a lot of them, or maybe because I have learned to appreciate them better ... I have no idea, but the good news is that I was happy to finally find a 3D movie which deserves to be seen in 3D.
The only downside to the 3D version is to try to see it with active 3D glasses, not passive ones - you need the ones who flicker to receive images - that is because the passive ones are always really bad, you have a portion of them where you see things a bit blurry, and they tend to cut from the quality of the movie. These problems tend to disappear while you are viewing the movie - you get used to them and not notice the disadvantages anymore - but why not see a great movie at the high quality it was intended to be?
Those of you who have seen the 1991 movie with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, you have some idea about what is going down here, but of course there are also differences. In the ’91 movie the bad guys were a group of surfers who were robbing banks, and in the 2015th version we have some extreme sports athletes who are trying to complete the Ozaki 8 - eight dangerous adventures to help you reach Nirvana - and also give back to Mother Nature while doing it.
Johnny Utah, an ex-extremer turned into an FBI agent, joins them in an attempt to stop and arrest them for all the crimes they’ve committed while “giving back”. He takes part to some of the adventures on the list, and this is where the 3D kicks in loud and great. A really amazing movie, well thought and filmed, with amazing locations and great choices for the list of Ozaki.
The role of Johnny Utah is played by the young Australian actor Luke Bracey, which it didn't convince me in the role of an FBI agent, but was really good as an extreme sport athlete. His resemblance to Paul Walker, may he rest in peace, is mind blowing. If I didn't know better I could have sworn they are brothers.
Teresa Palmer as Samsara was far from convincing. From my point of view she might have had the weakest interpretation in the movie.
Édgar Ramírez, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone were among the best here - but of course, as much as the story-line permitted.
The Cons of The Movie
As I said, there are some bad parts of the movie. The story-line is really not that good, the idea was to promote the adventures, the effects, the 3D experience and the great places, which they did beautifully, but they lacked in inspiration for the screenplay.
The actors weren't all that great, especially the main character who was supposed to make the movie really didn't deliver, unfortunately.
Some of the ideas were a little far-fetched, like the part where they free rock climb the Angel's Fall - a little too Mission Impossible with all that jumping and barely holding with the tip of the fingers - and the free falling afterwards - really?
The gang reminded me a lot of Fast and Furious. I was expecting to find out the girl was Bodhi's sister and to see him trying to keep Johnny away from her. It didn't happen, of course, but that doesn't mean it turned out to be a good story in the end.
To See or Not To See
It might have lacked in creating a good and convincing story-line, but I do have to admit the rest of the movie was truly a masterpiece. And this is what it matters. I am sure that when the movie ends and you leave the cinema you won’t feel upset about the little things that weren’t quite successful.
The true purpose of the movie was achieved. It has amazing effects, landscapes and trials, offering an awesome experience in 3D. I would definitely go see this movie again ... this is how good I think it is.
If you like adventure, even if you’re not practicing it, but you would love to do it at some point, somewhere in your future, you should see this movie. I am a scary cat and I really don’t like snow or any winter sports, but it made me want to try learning to ride a snowboard or do wing-suit flying.